The principal . services that are essential in any legal aid . scheme are competent legal advice and legal representation in any case where this is necessary. If funds are made available there will be no difficulty in providing these services but there are a number of alternati~e methods of organizing the work. We have argued 1 that persons receiving legal assistance without any cost to themselves should be catered for entirely by legal aid centres unless they prefer to consult a private firm, and that all other assisted persons should be referred to private firms of solicitors who would receive payment from the controlling body. It only remains to consider which would be the most suitable body to control the scheme.